The Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs” are one of the most renowned colorways of the model for several different reasons. Many avid Jordanheads likely remember it as the sneaker that Michael Jordan had worn during the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in which he scored a triple-double. They likely also recall that even during the 1997 NBA Finals when Michael Jordan won Game 1 against the Utah Jazz, he was laced up in this sneaker. While Jordan Brand is not bringing back the Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs,” they have made the iconic sneaker even better with the addition of gold, transforming it into the Air Jordan 12 “Wings.”
In fact, the Air Jordan 12 “Wings” looks like a hybrid of the timeless “Playoffs” colorway and the more recent “Master” colorway. The color blocking and color scheme of this “Wings” iteration resembles those of these two colorways. Similarly, the relation between the Air Jordan 12 “Wings” and “Playoffs” can be compared to that between the Air Jordan 11 Defining Moments Package (DMP) and the Air Jordan 11 “Concord.” The Air Jordan 11 DMP was somewhat like an improved version of the “Concord” colorway, which replaced the Concord portion with gold. The Air Jordan 12 “Wings” has also been designed in a similar manner.
Despite its resemblance to the “Playoffs,” the upcoming “Wings” colorway goes for a more elegant and sophisticated aesthetic by discarding the red and silver accents. Contributing to a more luxurious look, both the lace eyelets and midsoles feature the addition of gold accent. Michael Jordan’s “Wings” logo can also be spotted on the metallic gold portion of the midsoles, where it is apparently engraved.
The Air Jordan 12 “Wings” can be regarded somewhat of an exclusive release because Jordan Brand has only produced 12,000 pairs of this sneaker. Moreover, the Jumpman have not decided the price point for this seemingly exclusive- and premium-looking sneaker, but it is apparently slated to hit the shelves at some point during April this year.
Air Jordan 12 “Gold Wings”
Release Date: April 2nd, 2016
848692-033 | $225